Dress of Mennoite ladies

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Curious

Paris, TX

#1 Nov 7, 2008
I am curious, I just came home from Walmart and there were several Mennoite ladies there, some with their husbands, why do dress in the manner they do but the men wear jeans, boots, cowboys hats, etc.

Just curious, I know nothing about this religion.
lalaland

Dodd City, TX

#2 Nov 7, 2008
Weird huh...doesn't seem fair to me.
lalaland

Dodd City, TX

#3 Nov 7, 2008
I heard some of them ladies like to party though.
Could you imagine one of those sweet, homely looking ladies hookered out?
please

United States

#4 Nov 7, 2008
Please don't start bashing these people. Find someone else to spew your venom on.
katladee

Maud, TX

#5 Nov 7, 2008
I worked with a Mennonite lady back in the eighties and they did not have a tv in their home or a car radio. They are very strict in their dress, but their giving, loving, and understanding ways are blessings from GOD. As I was very worldly so to speak, I never felt judged by this woman. I feel very blessed to have known her and her family.

Since: Aug 08

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#6 Nov 7, 2008
katladee wrote:
I worked with a Mennonite lady back in the eighties and they did not have a tv in their home or a car radio. They are very strict in their dress, but their giving, loving, and understanding ways are blessings from GOD. As I was very worldly so to speak, I never felt judged by this woman. I feel very blessed to have known her and her family.
Very nice post. I know we all could learn something from them.

“I'll get you my pretty!”

Since: Jul 08

Over the Rainbow

#7 Nov 7, 2008
The Mennonites are an off shoot of the Amish. They are more progressive, but still hold some of the same beliefs. Dress and technology are two of those things though the Mennonites are not as restrictive.

If you look closely many of the young Mennonite girls do not always dress in the same manner as their mothers. They still wear dresses, but are a little more in style and sometimes I have seen them wearing a jean skirt and t-shirt.

As for the men, well, boots, jeans and shirts go back a long way.

One of the reasons the women seem to wear the same dress is because they make a lot of their clothes and has anyone seen the offerings in the fabric dept lately? There isn't much there and in the other fabric stores located in Paris if the material looks like it costs an arm and a leg.
sassy

United States

#8 Nov 7, 2008
I am very good friends with a few Mennonites, not saying I know all about them, just friends with them. They are the most sweet, caring, giving people I know. They wear dresses so that they are different from the men. They try to live a modest lifestyle without using or indulging in frivolous things. God comes first in every part of their lives. That is the reason for the modest dress, cars, homes, etc. Ironically they are happier than most other people I know. We could all learn from them.
Curious

Paris, TX

#9 Nov 7, 2008
sassy wrote:
I am very good friends with a few Mennonites, not saying I know all about them, just friends with them. They are the most sweet, caring, giving people I know. They wear dresses so that they are different from the men. They try to live a modest lifestyle without using or indulging in frivolous things. God comes first in every part of their lives. That is the reason for the modest dress, cars, homes, etc. Ironically they are happier than most other people I know. We could all learn from them.
Thank you for reply. I will do some research on their beliefs just for my own education.
lalaland

Dodd City, TX

#10 Nov 7, 2008
please wrote:
Please don't start bashing these people. Find someone else to spew your venom on.
I wasn't bashing! Get over yourself!
katladee

Maud, TX

#11 Nov 7, 2008
lalaland wrote:
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I wasn't bashing! Get over yourself!
Hey! How is your evening going? I'm just watching sex and the City! Kinda, or just the good parts!
Tejas TEX

Paris, TX

#12 Nov 7, 2008
Curious wrote:
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Thank you for reply. I will do some research on their beliefs just for my own education.
I have aMenonite friend I used to work with.
She told me the dress was to not look overly obvious...it was in reverence to the Lord, as well as the bonets they wear, is in submission to their husbands as unto the Lord signifying they were being submisive. No jewlery except a watch.

That was to not bring acknowledgment to themselves. Not to draw attention to themselves.

Yes God is the center of their lives, the daughters do wear a bit more florals, because they were still young and not married that was allowed.

maybee that helps
lalaland

Dodd City, TX

#13 Nov 7, 2008
katladee wrote:
<quoted text>Hey! How is your evening going? I'm just watching sex and the City! Kinda, or just the good parts!
LOL! Hey you! I'm swell! I just got done watching a little of the news. I hate watching it sometimes, it can be very sad.
katladee

Maud, TX

#14 Nov 7, 2008
lalaland wrote:
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LOL! Hey you! I'm swell! I just got done watching a little of the news. I hate watching it sometimes, it can be very sad.
Carrie is getting back with Mr. Big on Sex and the City!

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#15 Nov 7, 2008
katladee wrote:
<quoted text>Carrie is getting back with Mr. Big on Sex and the City!
I think Charlotte is the cutest one!
Suspicious

Paris, TX

#16 Nov 8, 2008
Tejas TEX wrote:
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I have aMenonite friend I used to work with.
She told me the dress was to not look overly obvious...it was in reverence to the Lord, as well as the bonets they wear, is in submission to their husbands as unto the Lord signifying they were being submisive. No jewlery except a watch.
That was to not bring acknowledgment to themselves. Not to draw attention to themselves.
Yes God is the center of their lives, the daughters do wear a bit more florals, because they were still young and not married that was allowed.
maybee that helps
I understand their reasoning, but it loses a bit in the practice. I am the first to stand up and say dress should be modest and many women in today's world need some lessons in modesty. However, do the Mennonite ladies not realize that in trying so hard not to draw attention to themselves, that that is the very thing they are doing? Wouldn't it be better to dress a bit more in the mainstream? It can be done while maintaining modesty. Most of them seem to be good seamstresses, yet they all wear the same pattern. Surely a little variety would not be considered sinful.
Tejas TEX

Paris, TX

#17 Nov 8, 2008
Suspicious wrote:
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I understand their reasoning, but it loses a bit in the practice. I am the first to stand up and say dress should be modest and many women in today's world need some lessons in modesty. However, do the Mennonite ladies not realize that in trying so hard not to draw attention to themselves, that that is the very thing they are doing? Wouldn't it be better to dress a bit more in the mainstream? It can be done while maintaining modesty. Most of them seem to be good seamstresses, yet they all wear the same pattern. Surely a little variety would not be considered sinful.
Actuall some of the newer churches have that very thinking...I later visited with her a few years later and in their new church were allowed to wear their hair down and wear pants.

What a difference it made in her looks.

She did lood normal as not to draw attention to herself....I agree but to blend in.

Yes some women need lessons AGREED!
My mom also has a friend in the Penocostal church, the moved from Paris to Sherman we visited with her a while back and she too said the church has eased up on strict codes for women.

She was in pants & had cut her hair to shoulder length.

So this is becoming main stream....good to see.
In moderation....my opinion
ILMO

Paris, TX

#18 Nov 8, 2008
Wow. A whole group of people has now been judged on the way the way they dress and their outward appearance instead of how they behave, treat others, or the way they conduct themselves.
katladee

Maud, TX

#19 Nov 8, 2008
What does ILMO stand for? Something, something, my opinion? Someone asked me that on word association. I did not know.
ILMO

Paris, TX

#20 Nov 8, 2008
katladee wrote:
What does ILMO stand for? Something, something, my opinion? Someone asked me that on word association. I did not know.
It stands for...In Loving Memory Of...my very first post on topix was the post about the 17 year old suicide in Mark Homer's house. She was a friend of mine back when this happened so that's why i chose ILMO. Now it really makes no sense under other topics but i'll stick with it.

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